Regulating the coal industry : striking a balance between commercial and public interests - a Queensland case study

Tarr, Julie-Anne (2013) Regulating the coal industry : striking a balance between commercial and public interests - a Queensland case study. Australian Business Law Review, 41(2), pp. 84-91.

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The coal industry in Queensland operates in a very complex regulatory environment with a matrix of Federal and State laws covering the environment, health and safety, taxation and royalties, tenure, and development approvals. The Queensland Government in 2012 recognised the validity of certain industry concerns and passed two Acts being the Environmental Protection (Greentape Reduction) Amendment Act 2012 (the Greentape Act) and the Mines Legislation (Streamlining) Amendment Act 2012 (the Streamlining Act). Other changes are foreshadowed in relation to overlapping tenure and in the development of common resources legislation. Accordingly there is a great level of activity and change that has occurred or which is on the horizon. This article focuses upon these regulatory changes and foreshadows other areas requiring consideration. It commences with a consideration of the changes that have already occurred, examines those regulatory amendments that are on the drawing board and concludes with suggestions as to further interventions and amendments that have the potential to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the legislative framework in which coal mining is conducted.

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ID Code: 60734
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Queensland coal industry, Regulating coal industry, Coal industry and commercial and public interests
ISSN: 0310-1053
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Deposited On: 12 Jun 2013 00:40
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2014 02:31

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